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 (wĭp′sô′, hwĭp′-)
A narrow two-person crosscut saw.
tr.v. whip·sawed, whip·sawed or whip·sawn (-sôn′), whip·saw·ing, whip·saws
1. To cut with a whipsaw.
2. To cause to move or alternate rapidly in contrasting directions: "The bond market ... continues to be whipsawed by fears of rekindled inflation" (Steven E. Levingston).
3. In card games, especially poker, for two players to raise and re-raise with one or more players in between who must call the raises in order to stay in the game.
4. To defeat or best in two ways at once.


(Tools) any saw with a flexible blade, such as a bandsaw
vb (tr) , -saws, -sawing, -sawed, -sawed or -sawn
1. (Tools) to saw with a whipsaw
2. US to defeat in two ways at once


(ˈʰwɪpˌsɔ, ˈwɪp-)

n., v. -sawed, -sawed -sawn, -saw•ing. n.
1. a saw for two persons, used to divide timbers lengthwise.
2. to cut with a whipsaw.
3. to win two bets from (a person) at one turn or play, as at faro.
4. to subject to two opposing forces at the same time.


Past participle: whipsawn
Gerund: whipsawing

I whipsaw
you whipsaw
he/she/it whipsaws
we whipsaw
you whipsaw
they whipsaw
I whipsawed
you whipsawed
he/she/it whipsawed
we whipsawed
you whipsawed
they whipsawed
Present Continuous
I am whipsawing
you are whipsawing
he/she/it is whipsawing
we are whipsawing
you are whipsawing
they are whipsawing
Present Perfect
I have whipsawn
you have whipsawn
he/she/it has whipsawn
we have whipsawn
you have whipsawn
they have whipsawn
Past Continuous
I was whipsawing
you were whipsawing
he/she/it was whipsawing
we were whipsawing
you were whipsawing
they were whipsawing
Past Perfect
I had whipsawn
you had whipsawn
he/she/it had whipsawn
we had whipsawn
you had whipsawn
they had whipsawn
I will whipsaw
you will whipsaw
he/she/it will whipsaw
we will whipsaw
you will whipsaw
they will whipsaw
Future Perfect
I will have whipsawn
you will have whipsawn
he/she/it will have whipsawn
we will have whipsawn
you will have whipsawn
they will have whipsawn
Future Continuous
I will be whipsawing
you will be whipsawing
he/she/it will be whipsawing
we will be whipsawing
you will be whipsawing
they will be whipsawing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been whipsawing
you have been whipsawing
he/she/it has been whipsawing
we have been whipsawing
you have been whipsawing
they have been whipsawing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been whipsawing
you will have been whipsawing
he/she/it will have been whipsawing
we will have been whipsawing
you will have been whipsawing
they will have been whipsawing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been whipsawing
you had been whipsawing
he/she/it had been whipsawing
we had been whipsawing
you had been whipsawing
they had been whipsawing
I would whipsaw
you would whipsaw
he/she/it would whipsaw
we would whipsaw
you would whipsaw
they would whipsaw
Past Conditional
I would have whipsawn
you would have whipsawn
he/she/it would have whipsawn
we would have whipsawn
you would have whipsawn
they would have whipsawn
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whipsaw - a saw with handles at both endswhipsaw - a saw with handles at both ends; intended for use by two people
pitsaw - a large two-handed saw formerly used to cut logs into planks; one man stood above the log and the other in a pit below
saw - hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting
Verb1.whipsaw - victimize, especially in gambling or negotiations
cheat, rip off, chisel - deprive somebody of something by deceit; "The con-man beat me out of $50"; "This salesman ripped us off!"; "we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme"; "They chiseled me out of my money"
2.whipsaw - saw with a whipsaw
saw - cut with a saw; "saw wood for the fireplace"


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